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Patriots DT, Cibola alum Alan Branch among Super Bowl inactives

MINNEAPOLIS — New England defensive tackle and Cibola High alumnus defensive tackle Alan Branch was among the inactives for the New England Patriots in the Super Bowl against the Philadelphia Eagles.

Patriots beat writers knew Branch wouldn’t way before the news became official. Two of them saw Branch ordering food at a Panda Express at the Mall of America before the game, according to their tweets.

Branch, who played at the University of Michigan after Cibola, missed his sixth straight game because of knee trouble.

 

Other players not suited up for the defending champions are running back Mike Gillislee, offensive lineman Cole Croston, tight end Jacob Hollister, wide receivers Kenny Britt and Bernard Reedy and linebacker David Harris. Gillislee was the second-leading rusher for the Patriots during the regular season with 383 yards.

For the Eagles, running back Wendell Smallwood, wide receiver Marcus Johnson, offensive lineman Will Beatty, defensive end Steven Means, defensive tackles Destiny Vaeao and Elijah Qualls and cornerback Sidney Jones were on the inactive list for Sunday.

There were no surprises on the scratch lists for either team. The Patriots cleared tight end Rob Gronkowski from the concussion protocol earlier this week.

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